Below are books that are written and self published by me. Most of my books can be found on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and/or Google Books. Typically, Amazon will have the paperback and Kindle versions, while Smashwords has eBook only but for a variety of eBook readers including: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple products, and pdf.
GOODBYE MISSY (Available on Amazon – Paperback $6.99, Kindle $2.99)- Erika and Missy have been best friends since they were in diapers—and have lived next door to each other their whole lives! There’s nothing better than having a built-in best friend to share all the happy events of your life with! Erika and Missy imagine that things will forever stay the way they are—which is why both girls are shaken and miserable when Missy’s dad gets a job transfer to another state. Now the best friends must say goodbye! How will Erika ever be able to adjust to life without Missy? Is this the end of Erika and Missy, best friends forever?!
Erika is a sweet, smart, and pretty eight-year-old African-American girl who lives with her family next door to Missy’s house. Erika is on the quiet side, but she can always count on bubbly Missy to draw her out of her shell. Erika’s family consists of her mom, dad, older sister Yolanda, younger brother Troy, and cat Princess. Erika has long, shiny black hair, bangs, and almond-shaped brown eyes.
Missy is Erika’s best friend forever, who lives next door to Erika’s house. Missy is a happy-go-lucky, spunky, and outgoing. In Missy’s family, there are Missy, her parents, and her twin toddler sisters Monika and Monique. Missy has shoulder-length hair, big brown eyes, and a smile that lights up her whole face.
JAY AND THE GENIE (Amazon link – Paperback $6.99, Kindle $2.99) – All the kids in eight-year-old Jay’s neighborhood in Washington D.C. have gone crazy for Frosted Fruity Smacks, the delicious new cereal especially for kids. Not only is Frosted Fruity Smacks colorful and tasty—every box comes with its own unique surprise! Jay and his younger brother Ryan begs their mom to buy them a box of the cereal and can hardly wait to see what their prizes are. But unlike his brother and his friends, who get cool prizes like two-headed dragons and temporary tattoos, Jay gets a boring miniature lamp that looks a lot like Aladdin’s, but can’t do anything special—or so Jay thinks! It isn’t until he accidentally wishes for something while holding the little lamp that Jay realizes his prize is more than meets the eye. A beautiful genie named Gabby lives inside, and she’s ready and willing to grant Jay’s every wish! At first Jay is ecstatic. How amazing it is to have everything he could possibly want right at his fingertips! But soon Jay’s secret is discovered by his next door neighbor, Nikki, who also wants to have wishes granted. It isn’t long until they both realize that having a genie of their own just might be more trouble than it’s worth…. Jay and the Genie is the first book in a series of ‘The Adventures of Jay Starks’, a set of children’s reader books that feature African American children. Purchase from SMASHWORDS (eBook $2.99)
JAY’S JURASSIC ADVENTURE (Amazon link – Paperback $5.99) – Jay, and his friend Nikki, are back at it again! This adventure is their biggest one yet..literally! It’s Jay’s 9th birthday and he is given $50 to buy his very first pet. Jay, Nikki, and Jay’s younger brother Ryan joke about how he should by a dinosaur with his money, but since everyone knows dinosaurs are extinct, Jay settles for a a pet lizard…or so he thinks! Join Jay and Nikki as they go on an adventure 150 Million years back in time and fly on the backs of Pterodactyls, climb high on pre historic trees, and even get chased by a dinosaur!. Jay’s Jurassic Adventure is a chapter book that is great for level 1 or 2 readers. Purchase from SMASHWORDS (eBook – $2.99)
DJ’S: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO THE ORIGINS OF HIP HOP
DJs: A Children’s Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (The Five Elements of Hip Hop) (Volume 1) (Amazon – Paperback $9.49)
On August 11 1973 the first Hip Hop party was held in the rec room of 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx, NY. On that day a young man named DJ Kool Herc would become a legend.
Many other individuals were instrumental in making the DJ an artist and not just a person who played records.
This book will teach children of all ages the origins of the DJ, one of the five elements of Hip Hop. (Purchase from Smashwords – $1.99)
MC’S: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO THE ORIGINS OF HIP HOP
MC’S: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO THE ORIGINS OF HIP HOP(Vol 2) (Amazon – Paperback $10.49)
“When I think of what hip-hop means to me, I think of a culture of artistic expression that rose up in places where no one expected there to be art. Hip-hop, in all of its permutations, is the creation of something from nothing. It is the transformation of ugliness into beauty” – David Walker author of ‘Reflections on Blaxploitation’
Rap music was once considered a ‘fad’, just a ‘passing phase’. Over 40 years later Rap music is a billion dollar industry. This book discusses the origins of one of the four elements of Hip Hop…MCs. Written in a very easy style, with picutres, this book is intended for young readers to be able to learn how rap music began. (Purchase from Smashwords – $1.99)
GRAFFITI: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO THE ORIGINS OF HIP HOP (Vol 3)
GRAFFITI: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO THE ORIGINS OF HIP HOP
(Amazon – Paperback $9.49) – Hip Hop culture is more than Rap music. Graffiti is one of the five elements of Hip Hop culture.This is a book about the origins of Graffiti writing in the United States. This book will help children of all ages learn about how the art of Graffiti was started and grew in the U.S. (Purchase on Smashwords $1.99)
B-BOYS: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO THE ORIGINS OF HIP HOP (Vol 4)
B-BOYS: A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO THE ORIGINS OF HIP HOP (Vol 4) (Amazon – Paperback $9.49)
What most people call Breakdancing was originally called B-Boying, one of the five elements of Hip Hop culture.
This book teaches children of all ages the origins of B-Boying, from the great tap dancers to James Brown to the movie Flashdance to being done by people all around the world. (Purchase from Smashwords – $1.99)
Knowledge: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop: A Children’s Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (The Five Elements of Hip Hop) (Volume 5)
(AMAZON ONLY – Paperback $25.99 Kindle $4.99)
“Hip Hop” is more than Rap Music. There are five “elements” that make up Hip Hop culture: DJing, MCing, B-Boying, Graffiti writing, and Knowledge. This book is a special collection of the four books DJ, MC, B-Boy, and Graffiti (A Children’s Guide to Hip Hop). This book will help children of all ages learn about how the different elements started and grew into the world-wide phenomenon that came to be known as Hip Hop.
FAMILY HISTORY: HOW TO TURN YOUR GENEALOGY INTO A LASTING LEGACY
FAMILY HISTORY: HOW TO TURN YOUR GENEALOGY INTO A LASTING LEGACY (Amazon Paperback – $8.99)
Life is shorter than it often seems. Sometimes we are only given a few minutes to be with the ones we love, and hundreds of hours to spend thinking of them. By creating a Legacy Book for your family, you can create a cherished gift that can last for generations.
A Legacy Book is a way to preserve your family history by getting first hand accounts of your family members. Go beyond just create a family tree! The knowledge that your elders contain is very valuable and it should be collected. Speaking with your elders is an intimate way of doing research and is the best way to connect (or re-connect) with a family member and discover tales that you just wouldn’t find by digging through online records.
In this book you will learn the process of setting up and conducting an interview with your loved ones, then taking that interview and create then publish your Legacy Book! In this book I will walk you through the necessary steps in creating a what I hope will be a family treasure, something that will help preserve your family story for generation upon generation.
Legacy Books are not just for families! A Legacy Book can be created for businesses, organizations, and even events. It is up to you what you create a Legacy Book for. No matter what the reason, Create Your Legacy Book can show you how. (Purchase from Smashwords – $1.99)
AN INDEPENDENT MUSICIAN’S GUIDE: HOW TO MAKE $100K IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS WITHOUT A RECORD DEAL
Read closely, there are no easy ways to riches! This is NOT a get rich quick book;it’s NOT an “easy” guide to making money, and there are NO secrets in this book. The formula to make six figures with your money is quite simple, and if you want to really make money with you music without chasing a record deal, then you need to read this book!
Many independent musicians have dreams of becoming the next big superstar. Those dreams are usually predicated on getting a lucrative Recording Deal. The reality is, very few artists will ever get a Record Deal, and even among those who are “fortunate” enough to get a Deal, most of them end up OWING money to their record labels.
It is very possible for independent artists to make a Six Figure Income without ever getting a record deal. You do NOT have to be a “starving artist” if you know how to establish yourself as a business and create products to sell to your dedicate fan base. This book walks you through how to do it! (Purchase on Smashwords – $9.99)
AN INDEPENDENT LANDLORD’S GUIDE: HOW TO START, RUN, & PROFIT FROM ROOMING HOUSES
AN INDEPENDENT LANDLORD’S GUIDE: HOW TO START, RUN, & PROFIT FROM ROOMING HOUSES (Smashwords Only – $1.99)
At one time, rooming and boarding houses were a common, and often desirable, form of housing that catered to members of a wide range of social classes and professional occupations, but this sector of the lodging industry has generally been in decline. This, however, doesn’t mean that there are not generous profits to be made!
Most people only think of Rooming Houses as places that offer single rooms to people. But there are other ways you may consider structuring your house, some of which may allow you to increase your profits. Rooming houses can offer single rooms, shared double rooms, efficiencies, or suites; private, shared, or communal living and eating areas; and private, shared, or communal bathrooms. So depending on the size, condition, and locale of your house, you can determine what sort of Rooming House you will create.
One of the great things about being a landlord is that you have other people paying off your mortgage. Rooming houses not only reduce your risk of paying your mortgage on your single family home because of vacancies, it also gives you greater cash flow than if you had one tenant (family) in your single family home. This eBook will show you the steps to creating a successful rooming house.
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING 101: A SHORT (BUT SWEET) GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING M.I.
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING 101: A SHORT (BUT SWEET) GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING M.I. (Smashwords Only – FREE)
Motivational Interviewing is now established as an evidence-based practice in the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is grounded in a respectful stance with a focus on building rapport in the initial stages of the counseling relationship. MI focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence and centers on motivational processes within the individual that facilitate change.
So the purpose of this book is NOT to give you an in-depth examination of MI. There are very good books and trainings that will do that for you. This book is design to give you that 30,000 feet high view of what MI is.
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